General Gardening

10 Tips for Healthy Container Plants: Part 2

See Part 1 of "10 Tips for Healthy Container Plants."

Celosia flower6. Learn to identify pests. Healthy container plants can stand a small number of pests, but those pests will breed and become a problem. Keep an eye out for garden pests and nip the problem in the bud once you see them. Learn about the common balcony garden pests >>


Plants of the 2011 Orange County Fair

2011 OC Fair(To view a slideshow featuring the plants of the OC Fair, read more and scroll down to the end of the article.)

The 2011 Orange County Fair, held from July 15 to August 14 in Southern California, is just like any other fair. It entertains fairgoers with rides, live entertainment, new products, local artwork and crafts, live entertainment, animal shows and, best of all, plants!


How to Water Plants Properly

Potted cactus plantI am watering my neighbor’s plant pots on the porch for a week. How do I water them properly? How much water do I put in them and how often? Help!


Why You Should (or Shouldn't) Deadhead Flowers

Dahlia flowerYou may have heard the term “deadheading” before, but what is it and why should you do it? Deadheading means removing dead or dying flowers from a plant in your container garden. Instead of focusing its energy on producing seeds, the plant is able to use that energy elsewhere.


Tips for Propagating Plants with Stem Cuttings

Plant cutting propagationA large number of container plants can be propagated by taking cuttings. Any plant that has woody or semi-woody stems can be propagated this way. Propagating plants by cutting is one of the easiest ways to grow new plants. If you see a plant you like, take a cutting and see what happens!


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